[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m]


the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
the act of hypnotizing.

Origin of hypnotism

shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795–1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism
Related formshyp·no·tist, nounhyp·no·tis·tic, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of hypnotism

Historical Examples of hypnotism

  • To pass the weary time Jones and Hill dabbled in and experimented with hypnotism and telepathy.

  • I am merely writing this so that the others who have read the story will not get the wrong idea of hypnotism.

  • I may mention finally the use of hypnotism for helping in a safe and quick confinement.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • Lectures on hypnotism or spiritualism, with experiments, are always popular.

    Living Alone

    Stella Benson

  • This brought Bernheim to investigate Liebault's method of hypnotism and made him a convert to its practice.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism



the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotism

1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.

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Medicine definitions for hypnotism




The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.
The act of inducing hypnosis.
Related formshypno•tist n.
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